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A Guide to 2024 Spring Events in Charlotte

Goodbye winter, hello spring

photo of a professional golf player playing at the wells fargo championship
Wells Fargo Championship (Courtesy of WFC)

As the weather warms up and false spring turns into the real thing, we have compiled this list of ways to get outdoors this season no matter your interests.


SPORTS

Charlotte FC

Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.

March 23 vs. Columbus Crew
March 30 vs. FC Cincinnati
April 13 vs. Toronto FC
April 21 vs. Minnesota United FC
May 4 vs. Portland Timbers
May 11 vs. Nashville SC
May 18 vs. Los Angeles FC
May 25 vs. Philadelphia Union
June 15 vs. DC United

Charlotte Independence

American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218 Armory Drive

March 28 vs. Spokane Velocity
April 12 vs. Greenville Triumph SC
May 11 vs. Forward Madison FC
May 17 vs. Union Omaha
June 1 vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC
June 14 vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Charlotte Knights

Truist Field, 424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

April 2-7 vs. Norfolk Tides
April 16-21 vs. Syracuse Mets
April 30-May 5 vs. Memphis Redbirds
May 14-19 vs. Durham Bulls
May 28-June 2 vs. Worcester Red Sox
June 4-9 vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

College Baseball at Truist Field

Truist Field, 424 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

April 9: University of South Carolina vs. UNC Chapel Hill
May 7: Clemson vs. UNC Charlotte

ACC Baseball Championship

May 21-26 | times vary | Truist Field | $50 and up
Celebrate the ACC’s 50th championship game with a weekend pass granting ticketholders access to four games as well as both semifinal contests on Saturday and Sunday. For more, buy an All Session Pass to attend games throughout the week or shop for solo tickets.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy. S

April 4-7: Charlotte AutoFair
April 26-28: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
May 24: NC Education Lottery 200
May 25: NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
May 26: Coca-Cola 600

Wells Fargo Championship

May 6-12 | times vary | Quail Hollow Club | $15 and up
The top names in golf return to Charlotte to battle it out over a week while Wyndham Clark defends his championship.


ARTS, CULTURE & RETAIL

Uptown Farmer’s Market: Spring Market

April 13 through the end of spring | Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Free
Buy local produce and home-grown food from farmers.

South End Spring Fling

March 23 | 10 a.m.-noon | Pritchard at South End | Free
Live music, vendor market, coffee and food trucks and more.

No Man’s Land Festival

March 23 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Ford Building, Camp North End | $10-$50
Celebrate all women with hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, and photo ops while supporting small women-owned businesses based in Charlotte.

Charlotte SHOUT!

March 29-April 14 | times vary | locations vary | Free
Charlotte SHOUT! is back again, showcasing local artists, musicians, dancers, poets, photographers, chefs and more with interactive installations and panels.

acrobats in charlotte shout fest
Charlotte SHOUT! (Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners)

The Charlotte Fair

April 11-21 | times vary | Route 29 Pavilion, Concord | $6-$12
Say hello to that fresh spring air with thrilling rides, carnival games, food, live performances and more entertainment.

Paws in the Park

April 13 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pineville Park | Free
Give a pup a new forever home with the Paws in the Park festival and enjoy food trucks, arts/crafts, photo booths, a playground and dog contests.

Carolina Tiny House Festival

April 13-14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord | Free to $50
Discover the world of tiny houses to see innovative designs, creative solutions and sustainable living.

Holi Color Festival

April 14 | noon-3 p.m. | Hindu Center of Charlotte | Free
This event immerses participants in the vibrant hues of Holi — literally.

holi color festival in charlotte, nc
Holi Color Festival (Courtesy of HCF)

BrightFire Music & Arts Festival

April 26-28 | times vary | GreenLife Family Farms, Concord | $10 and up
Dive into the heart of summer with the BrightFire Music & Arts Festival — a kaleidoscope of music, art, fire, dance and nature at GreenLife Family Farms in Concord.

‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival

April 27 | 2-8 p.m. | Oak Street Mill, Cornelius | Free
See over 100 local artists and vendors, drink beers from local craft breweries, eat good food, participate in giveaways and more.

BOOM Charlotte

April 26-28 | times vary | Camp North End | Prices vary
The 7th annual BOOM Charlotte arts festival returns with a multifaceted and immersive experience. Attendees will be met with an eclectic mix of dance, theatre, poetry, visual art, film and more with ticketed performances indoors and outdoors.

Garibaldi Festival

April 27 | noon-10 p.m. | Downtown Belmont | Free
Be part of Charlotte’s vibrant art community and saturate yourself with creativity, culture, expression, craftsmanship and more. Walk around to see the open-air gallery, chalk art and artisan vendors to the sounds of live music.

Regional Festival of India @ Matthews

April 27 | noon-6 p.m. | Stumptown Park, Matthews | Free
Experience Indian art cuisine, culture and community with dance performances, street food, a marketplace, saree draping, henna tattoos and a visual art gallery.

someone in charlotte interacting with the charlotte shout festival
Charlotte SHOUT! (Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners)

Reel Out Charlotte

May 15-19 | times vary | The Independent Picture House | Price TBD
See stories written and made by those within the LGBTQ+ community through independent film at a local scale.

Hippie Daze Festival

June 1-2 | noon-7 p.m. | Dallas Lavender Lane Farm, Dallas | $5 for Parking
This family-friendly event will have everything ranging from live entertainment and a petting zoo to face-painting and a buggie show.


OUTDOOR WELLNESS

Walks, Runs & Races

March 16: Lucky Day 7k
April 6: Charlotte Racefest
April 13: The Sarcoma Stomp
April 20: HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5k
April 28: Water For People Annual 5k
May 5: Wings For Life World Run Charlotte
May 9: River Jam Run
May 18: Trailblaze Challenge
May 19: Mental Health Matters 5k
June 1: NoDa 5k

Spring Landscaping Workshop

April 1 | 10 a.m.-noon | Cabarrus Ave. W, Concord | Free
At this Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Spring Landscaping Workshop, you’ll learn tips on preparing your garden, choosing the right plants, composting and more.

Get Started Growing Herbs at Home

April 7 | 2-4 p.m. | Charlotte Swim & Racquet Club | $7
Bring your own pot to get started on learning how to grow herbs at home, no matter how small or big your space is. Soil, seeds and seedlings will be provided.

Baby Goat Yoga

April 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Historic White Home, Rock Hill | $30
Be one with nature as you work out in the beautiful gardens of the Historic White Home alongside cuddly baby goats.

people attending a yoga class with baby goats
Baby Goat Yoga (Courtesy of New Moon Flower Farm)

USNWC Tuck Fest

April 19-21 | times vary | US National White Water Center | Prices vary
This festival celebrates all outdoor lifestyles with cash prize competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music.

Earth Day at the Gateway Trail

April 20 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Gateway Trail, Kings Mountain | Free
Located near Crowders Mountain, the Gateway Trail will be the site of this family-friendly Earth Day celebration featuring a butterfly release, petting zoo, concessions, woodworking and more.

Earth Day Hike

April 22 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Reedy Creek Nature Center | Free
This family-friendly 1-to-2-mile hike is slow and easy, perfect for folks at all levels of hiking to connect with nature.

Spider Lily Kayak Tour

May 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Landsford Canal State Park | $75
Have you ever wanted to paddle through a sea of flowers? Catawba River is home to the rocky shoals spider lily, which you can see in full bloom on this excursion.


FOOD & DRINK

Savor Charlotte

March 12-26 | Times vary | Locations vary | Prices vary
Indulge in hand-crafted food from talented chefs during hands-on classes or by ordering from exclusive menus.

four burgers made from scratch at charlotte streats fest
Charlotte StrEATS Festival (Photo by Ryan Allen)

Peeps Contest

March 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Urban District Market | $20
Compete for who can make the most clever, creative or funny presentation of marshmallow Peeps in a diorama.

Charlotte Brewfest

April 6 | 1-5 p.m. | South End Station | $25-$45
Sample unlimited beer made by over 25 craft breweries while listening to live music, playing games and participating in a raffle drawing.

Charlotte StrEATS Festival

April 14 | noon-5 p.m. | Gateway Village | Prices vary
Experience options from the city’s top culinary vendors and see Aarón Sánchez, renowned chef from Chopped and MasterChef, lead a cooking demonstration.

culinary expert making pasta infront of an audience at charlotte streats fest
Charlotte StrEATS Festival (Photo by Ryan Allen)

Wine & Food Festival

April 20 | noon-6 p.m. | Ballantyne’s Backyard | $49-$89
Enjoy international wines from Italy, Spain, France and California as well as beer, spirits and good food while listening to live music.

Jubilee Food & Wine Festival

April 20 | 2-7 p.m. | Spencer | $75
Celebrate African American culinary traditions with a multi-course meal paired with local wines and cocktails while sitting outside enjoying nature.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

May 4 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | Walter Elisha Park, Fort Mill | Free
This outdoor venture is jam-packed with activities: corn hole, a car show, a strawberry-eating contest, rides, vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, music and more.

TacoFest: Tequila

May 4 | noon-7 p.m. | Concord Mills | $35-$62
Indulge in mouth-watering tacos and tequila-based cocktails for a fun day filled with food and entertainment.

Cheerwine Festival

May 18 | noon-10 p.m. | Main Street, Salisbury | Free
The South’s most treasured possession is Cheerwine, a cherry soda created just up the road in Salisbury. After celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017, the city vowed to make the festival an annual tradition and has since kept its promise.

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

May 18 | noon-6 p.m. | Ballantyne’s Backyard | $45-$75
This festival is every Southerner’s favorite day, filled with booze, bacon and more. Play pingpong, listen to seminars, dance to rock and blues music and shop with local vendors.


LIVE MUSIC

PNC Music Pavilion

707 Pavilion Blvd.

April 23: Hozier
April 25: Need To Breathe
May 9: Foo Fighters
May 14: Judas Priest
June 1: Pixies and Modest Mouse
June 5: Niall Horan
June 6: 21 Savage
June 9: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

April 11: Dustin Lynch
May 2: Jordan Davis
May 3: Jacob Collier
May 9: Chase Rice w/ Conner Smith & Brooke Lee
May 15: Sum 41
June 7: Brothers Osborne

The Music Yard at SouthBound

2433 South Blvd.

March 15: Eli & Fur
March 21: Surfer Girl w/ Sitting on Stacey, Ryan Wright
March 22: Pacific Dub
March 29: Coco & Breezy
April 5: Late Night Radio & Maddy O’Neal
April 27: Forester Moonlight
May 10: Austin Millz
May 11: Bumpin’ Uglies w/ TreeHouse
June 7: Cassian

The Amp at Ballantyne. (Photo courtesy of Victory Lap Media)

The Amp Ballantyne

11115 Upper Ave.

April 18: JJ Grey & Mofo

Olé España

Mar 23 | noon-5 p.m. | 300 Camp Road | Boileryard, Camp North End | Free
Celebrate authentic Spanish cuisine and culture featuring live performances, a paella cooking demonstration, wine and more.

Lovin’ Life Music Festival

May 3-5 | times vary | First Ward Park | $300 and up
One of the biggest musical festivals to hit Charlotte brings national acts like Post Malone, Stevie Nicks and Noah Kahan plus local artists such as Natalie Carr, Oceanic, Deaf Andrews, Petrov and more.

Breakaway Presents: Another World 2024

May 3-4 | times vary | Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord | $35 and up
This electronic and hip-hop music fest features acts including Excision, NGHTMRE, Of The Trees, Svdden Death and Zomboy.

a portrait of a performer at a big music festival in charlotte
NGHTMRE at Breakaway Fest (Courtesy of Breakaway)

Beach Fest Matthews

May 10-11 | times vary | Stumptown Park, Matthews | Free
Matthews hosts this festival featuring great beach music, shag dancing, carnival rides, food vendors, craft beer and more.

Cornelius Jazz Festival

May 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Smithville Park, Cornelius | Free
Get swept away by the blues and tunes of local jazz bands from Cornelius and the greater Charlotte area with food trucks, craft beer, local vendors and more.

Music on the Green

May 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Get Some Green | Free
Enjoy live music from local bands at an outdoor green space with food and ice cream all within walking distance.


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